Dinner with your Russian Friend: What do you do?!

Russian Dinner Guest

Cross cultural barriers and be a polite guest After staying in Russia for a few weeks, you will undoubtedly make friends with a few locals. As the Russian people are generally friendly and gracious hosts, it is likely that you will be invited to their home for dinner. Their parents may even be around! You… Continue reading

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Light in Motion

XYZT Exhibit

XYZT Exhibit Moscow What is labeled at an art exhibition in Moscow’s BEREG district is, in reality a playground for children and adults alike. French artists Mondo Adrien and Claire Barden bring light to life with their interactive creations.  The premise of their work is to blur the boundaries between the physical and digital world.… Continue reading

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Time is Money: Welcome to Moscow’s Anticafes

Moscow's Anticafes

Time is Money: Welcome to Moscow’s Anticafes Moscow’s Anticafes is where it all actually started! Anticafes have been popping up all over Europe in the past five years, although not many people know they originated here in Russia! At these cafes/lounges, customer’s pay for their time spent at the venue and not for what they… Continue reading

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14 Lessons Learned After One Month in Russia

Lessons Learned

14 Lessons Learned After One Month in Russia To celebrate my one-month anniversary in Moscow, I decided to start a blog series of the lessons learned in Russia. I have been to Moscow before, yes, but under the close watch of a professor in a large group. Traveling alone is an entirely different experience. Especially… Continue reading

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Svalka Thrift Shop: Reduce, Reuse, Have a Concert?

Svalka Thrift Shop

Svalka Thrift Shop: Reduce, Reuse, Have a Concert? I was invited to a local thrift shop called Svalka Thrift shop concert. When invited to attend a concert at a local store, I had no idea what I was walking into. My vision was of a small, dusty book house and one person with an acoustic guitar.… Continue reading

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Fresh Restaurant: Moscow Food Review

Fresh Restaurant

A Visit to Фрещ Restaurant Another episode of my Russian vegetarian journey led me to Fresh Restaurant! My friends and I were headed to Fresh on Bolshaya Dmitrovka, near the city center. There are two other locations in Moscow, and you can order some of their menu items online (Russian and English). Fresh is known… Continue reading

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A Walk in the Sokolniki Park: The City of Moscow

Sokolniki Park

A Walk in the Sokolniki Park: The City of Moscow In Russian: “Я глуяю в парке” One of my favourite things to do is walk around a city park. Here you are able to watch how people and nature interact.  Visitors are exposed to the importance of nature as it contrasts with the city around them. … Continue reading

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Dachas: An Essential Part of the Russian Landscape

Russian Dacha Experience

My journey outside of the city center Дача (Dacha) has no direct translation in the English language, often being referred to as a “summer home”. However, the reality and culture surrounding dacha’s is entirely more complex. The term became part of Russian culture during the Empire, referencing plots of lands gifted by the Tsar. During… Continue reading

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